Archive for January, 2011

Jan 26 2011

On Singapore’s WW2 Trail: The Battle Box

Published by under Museums

Sometimes I get the feeling Singapore doesn’t want visitors to know about places like the Battle Box. Maybe it’s because the events that happened here aren’t exactly a high point in local history or maybe it’s simply because most tourists come to Singapore to eat at hawker centres and shop, but the Battle Box remains … read the full post

Jan 19 2011

Singapore Vegetarian Eats: Komala’s Restaurant

Published by under Food

There’s lots of competition for tasty food and good value in Little India, so the fact that Komala’s has been open more than 50 years and is always busy speaks for itself. This South Indian restaurant has implemented a fast food-style ordering system to deal with the steady stream of customers, but the food remains … read the full post

Jan 17 2011

Singapore attractions: Marina Sands Skypark

When I moved to Singapore in 2007 the Marina Sands Hotel was just a hole in the ground. But, by the miracle that is the speed of construction here, this 55-storey luxury hotel opened for business in June last year. Though this mega-structure currently takes the title of the most expensive hotel in the world … read the full post

Jan 13 2011

The Makansutra: Singapore’s famous foodie guide

Published by under Food

Who says you need a lot of money to eat like a king? Singaporeans have applied the foodie mentality to their beloved hawker stalls where the best meal of your life can cost only a couple bucks. There are hundreds of blogs and guides rating Singapore’s thousands of food stalls, but the most highly-regarded foodie … read the full post

Jan 11 2011

How to order coffee like a Singaporean

Published by under Food

Singapore is so westernised that it’s easy to forget you’re in Asia, but one local tradition that’s holding strong is the kopitiam. Found in every hawker centre, these local breakfast joints are more than just a place to satisfy your caffeine cravings.  Given that most Singaporeans live in crowded apartment blocks, kopitiams have become the … read the full post

Jan 10 2011

How to buy a local SIM card in Singapore

Published by under Phone & internet

It’s easy to get online in ultra-modern Singapore, but sometimes you’ve just got to make a phone call. Once you see what your hotel is charging per minute, it might be smart to invest in a local SIM card for your own +65 phone number. All you need to get started is your passport and … read the full post

Jan 09 2011

Singapore’s best happy hours

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Drinking in Singapore is infamously expensive, but you can get most booze for your buck during happy hour. Most bars and lounges offer drink discounts from 17:00 to 19:00 or later to attract the after-work crowd, and this is a great opportunity to try the trendy bars at half the price. These are my favourite … read the full post

Jan 07 2011

How to avoid taxi surcharges in Singapore

Published by under Transport (local)

Singapore has a fleet of 25,000 taxis and they always use the meter. Taking a taxi is an affordable luxury with base fares of S$3 and S$0.60 per kilometre, but surcharges complicate things and can add up quickly. Follow these tips to keep your taxi fares as low as possible. – Hail a cab on … read the full post

Jan 05 2011

The best free things to do on Sentosa

Sentosa Island may be one of Singapore’s main attractions, but even after you’ve paid S$3 for entrance by monorail the costs keep coming and coming – S$23 for Underwater World, S$10 for Songs of the Sea, S$70 for Universal Studios! Being on a budget doesn’t mean you should skip Sentosa, though you won’t see any … read the full post

Jan 03 2011

Tips for enjoying the Singapore Zoo

With more than 315 species including rare Southeast Asian animals like orangutans and Komodo dragons, it’s no wonder the Singapore Zoo attracts over 1.6 million visitors a year. Even if you don’t usually enjoy zoos, Singapore’s might change your mind with its open-concept exhibits and lush tropical grounds. Having visited a handful of times, here’s … read the full post